Forensic Archaeology involves the use of archaeological principles and techniques for the location, recovery, and interpretation of evidence for past events within the constraints of the criminal justice system. It utilises both field and laboratory skills in the investigation of serious crime, missing persons, human rights and mass disasters. These skills range from searching for and excavating clandestine graves to the international investigation of crimes against humanity.
The course provides invaluable background knowledge in archaeological and forensic sciences required for criminal and human identification cases, integrating archaeological, anthropological and investigative disciplines. The course is delivered by leading practitioners who will develop and enhance your employability.
Our forensic archaeology course is unique in that it provides you with the opportunity to work with specialist equipment independently and provides you with a wealth of practical exercises simulating forensic scenarios, such as locating graves and managing an airplane crash.
A good Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above in a relevant subject area or equivalent professional experience
We welcome students on this course for both full-time and part-time study. For those wishing to complete the course on a part-time basis, the course is studied over two years. Students will be expected to study a minimum of three units per year, plus their dissertation (usually towards the end of their second year). The timetable of when the units take place vary each year, however, the units are timetabled during daytime hours, and will be studied with fellow full-time students.
Professional Practice in Forensic Science
Advanced Forensic Archaeology
Options - choose two of the following:
Principles & Methods in Zooarchaeology
Crime Scene Management & Forensic Science
Advanced Human Osteology
Humans, Animals & Diet
Geographical Information Systems
Forensic archaeology is an expanding field internationally as skilled archaeologists and anthropologists are deployed on human rights investigations. Our graduates are employed by the UN, ICTY, by the ICMP, CIFA, Inforce and other organisations.
Graduates and staff work in Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, France, East Timor, DR Congo, Guatemala, Colombia, Cyprus, Libya and Iraq examining crime scenes, mass graves and disasters and are acknowledged as some of the most experienced forensic archaeologists in the field.
Many graduates join UK, US and Canadian police forces, medical examiners, or academia. Students from Australasia, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Central and South America are undertaking the course to bring new forensic science approaches to their respective countries.
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